Reassessment of South Yorkshire MP MacShane case by police

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POLICE are ‘assessing the content’ of a report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards into former Rotherham MP Denis MacShane’s expenses.

The Metropolitan Police had dropped an investigation into the Labour politician and former Europe Minister, because key documents in the case were protected by the laws of Parliamentary privilege and would be inadmissable in court against Mr MacShane.

But details emerged in a report by the commissioner, John Lyon, revealing invoices related to Mr MacShane’s work in Europe were falsified.

It is believed about £7,500 of £12,900 he claimed between 2004 and 2009 was in breach of the rules, which Mr MacShane has repaid.

He also claimed for 11 laptop computers in four years.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We are aware of the report and will be assessing its content in due course.”

Calls have been made for the police investigation into Mr MacShane to be reopened by Philip Davies, Tory MP for Shipley in West Yorkshire.

The probe into Mr MacShane’s expenses was launched after a complaint by a member of the BNP.

The commissioner’s report was upheld members of the Parliamentary Committee for Standards and Privileges. Chairman Kevin Barron, Labour MP for Rother Valley, said the complaint against Mr MacShane was the ‘gravest case’ that had ever come before the committee.

Mr MacShane said he regretted his ‘foolishness’.

The 64-year-old had submitted 19 false invoices for ‘research and translation work’ with a group called the European Police Institute.

But the institute was found to have no office or staff, the signature on invoices did not belong to a real person and its bank account was controlled by Mr MacShane.

The former MP said he was under ‘huge personal strain’ and had never intended to profit from the claims.